Obama Refocuses NASA on Earth Observation

by Matt Ball on February 1, 2010

President Obama’s budget calls for the cancellation of the space agency’s Constellation project that aimed to put man back on the moon, favoring unmanned probes and earth observation over manned missions. The decision is unpopular with scientists who see the moon mission as a stepping point to manned Mars exploration or to congressmen whose districts stand to lose jobs and lucrative government contracts.

An additional aim of the president’s vision for NASA is to focus on the commercialization of space, with an investment of $6 Billion over five years to develop a commercial taxi to orbit.

Read this story in the Washington Post for details.

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